Are Groupon’s Gigantic Investors Giving Up?

2012 has been a gloomy year for Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) as shares are down 55.5 percent. On Friday, the company’s lockup period ended for insiders allowing them to sell their shares. This included 93 percent (600 million shares) of the company’s stock.

Well, insiders sold away as Groupon’s stock fell 8.9 percent to $9.69. At one point during the trading day, the stock hit $9.53–its greatest intraday fall since April 30, according to Bloomberg.

Also on Friday, short sales of Groupon’s stock had been restricted after its decline tripped a market circuit breaker in the morning. A temporary 10 percent fall produced restrictions that limited short selling for the rest of the trading session through Monday’s close.

With Friday’s stock decline from insider trading and restrictions on short selling as the latest problems to plague Groupon, will its largest shareholders decrease their holdings? 152 institutional firms indicated owning shares of Groupon Inc (NASDAQ:GRPN) in Q1 2012. These firms reported owning a total of 247.104 million shares on 03/31/2012. The shares closed at $18.38 on 03/31/2012.

Here are the ten largest positions in Groupon Inc at the end of March 31st, 2012.

Nea Management Company LLC held 87,453,072 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $1,607,387,390. This brought the portfolio total to 63.12%.

Price T Rowe Associates Inc /MD/ held 25,918,886 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $476,389,103. This brought the portfolio total to 0.14%.

Technology Crossover Management VII Ltd. held 19,043,356 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $350,016,867. This brought the portfolio total to 28.83%.

Morgan Stanley held 18,792,706 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $345,409,921. This brought the portfolio total to 0.19%.

Battery Partners VIII LLC held 15,987,252 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $293,845,678. This brought the portfolio total to 40.83%.

Capital Research Global Investors held 15,496,680 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $284,828,965. This brought the portfolio total to 0.12%.

Capital World Investors held 13,412,240 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $246,516,960. This brought the portfolio total to 0.09%.

Maverick Capital Ltd held 6,331,120 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $116,365,980. This brought the portfolio total to 1.67%.

Silver Lake Group L.L.C. held 6,331,116 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $116,365,907. This brought the portfolio total to 9.89%.

Ah Equity Partners II L.L.C. held 5,064,892 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $93,092,711. This brought the portfolio total to 83.66%.

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